We are delighted to share that Oakley School has been awarded Green Flag Status! Our Eco Committee, comprising of children from Nursery to Year 11 and staff, met with the Assessor on Wednesday, 25th September and showed her around our Tunbridge Wells site, telling her all about the amazing work we've been doing over the past 18 months, looking after our school environment. We have litter picked, we have recycled batteries, we have drunk more water...and so much more.
We are waiting for the final report, which we will of course share, but our assessor said it was clear how much effort had been put in, across the curriculum. We are all very proud of the pupils who met with the assessor and, in particular, the 6 who showed her around, they were so enthusiastic and eloquent about the work we’ve been doing.
We did a little research after receiving confirmation of the award and found out that 1,154 schools in the UK have been awarded the flag and of those, we are one of only 58 special schools to have achieved it!
On Thursday, 26th September three of our young people, together with our enthusiastic outdoor learning staff, attended the 2019 Tunbridge Wells in Bloom Awards Ceremony in Tunbridge Wells and came away with a SILVER GILT in the Schools category. One of our Years 8s also won the Bee Art Competition, getting his own certificate, a prize and an invitation to visit an Apiary in the Spring.
What a week! We are all feeling like winners.